Library or Congress Cataloglng-In-Publlcatlon Data. Carse, James P. Finite and infinite games. Includes index. 1. Life. 2. Games-Symbolic aspects. 3. Religion. Finite Games and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse was definitely an exciting read for me, and if you consider yourself a. quotes from Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility : ‘To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared fo.

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We saw in the previous century how a self-identified Master Race collectively believed they had won the contest for superiority over all other races even before the contest began; they were winners at birth. Carss second insight yielded by this simple distinction is that finite play in itself has any number of desirable values. Frankly, the appeal of Chapter Two was sporadic and uneven. I want to ahd a match in me. So too with thoughts. Master Players do what they can to prevent surprise; infinite players expect to be surprised.

Simultaneously the others with whom we are in relation are themselves in relation.

Finite and Infinite Games Quotes by James P. Carse

Y’know, take up archery or something, give precision a try. What I took away: It is not a matter of exposing one’s unchanging identity, the true self that has always been, but a way of exposing one’s ceaseless growth, the dynamic self that has yet to be.

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When it is most effective, machinery will have no effect at all. True Crime Children’s Books. We do not go somewhere in a car, but arrive somewhere in a car.

I also recommend being willing to throw the book against the wall in frustration at other times, and to skim when necessary. If the purpose of a finite game is to conclude play as a winner, then play itself acquires distinctly negative quality. But if we just think and see a game as a system where there are players and some content in the game and everything else is optional.

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Finite and Infinite Games

The words die with the sound. I’ve returned to it a few times and am always nervous that I’ll discover anx I’ve outgrown it, but I find it more enjoyable each time I revisit it. I guess it’s a decent Rorschach test in that regard. Metaphysics cannot die; it kills.

And I would also say “ugh” to things like this: Feb 08, David rated it really liked it Shelves: The idea that strategic thinking could be reduced to such elegant and powerful thought experiments was astonishing; that individual rationality could lead to either worst-case or best-case outcomes, depending on circumstances outside individual control, was stunning. He has all the arrogance of one but none of their intellectual rigour. He also gets into problems due to his definition of “game” being something that must be voluntary.

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As the weekly discussions—and the presented papers—made clear, game theory had chiefly to do with winning conflicts, or minimizing losses where winning was impossible.

It should be considered a book of Positive Psychology, though it was written in The role of the audience and possible referees, for example, and how titles and property play a role in telling us who the winners are as well as in the use of power in a finite anf.

Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

They openly see its roles as theatrical, its styles as poses, its clothing costumes, its rules conventional, its crises arranged, its conflicts performed and its metaphysics ideological. The logic of work is the logic of winners and losers, of success and failure. It altered my perspective on ownership, planning, and in general, the approach to various events and things. Carse went on to categorize many different things into finite or inf “There are at least two kinds of games.

The remainder of the book is a tedious exposition of examples wherein Carse blithely redefines words to force various concepts into his dualistic model. Our social existence has, therefore, an inescapably fluid character The essential dichotomy is between those who fintie “finite games” for results, prizes, and recognition and those who play “infinite games” qnd the sheer joy and challenge. This little gem of a book is an easy read, but very deep.